Many martial arts athletes choose to supplement their training with yoga. While yoga poses do not cover self-defense techniques, there is still a lot of parallels between yoga and martial arts training.
Here are five reasons why yoga is great for martial arts:
1. Builds the Mind-Body Connection
Yoga and martial arts are both good for your body, as well as your mind. As you move, an instructor guides you through the practice reminding you to focus on your breathing and the posture, nothing else. You synchronize each movement with your breath. And when you move as you breathe, you strengthen the awareness and the connection between your mind and body.
2. Strengthens Your Core
Like martial arts, many of the poses in yoga require a strong core. Holding a yoga posture for an extended period develops your core strength which you’ll notice in your martial arts training.
3. Increases Flexibility
Some people avoid yoga because they’re not flexible and assume that to do yoga, you already need to be flexible. Good news! You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga. Flexibility is one of the physical skills that you can develop with yoga. Over time, yoga makes you more flexible and benefits your martial arts practice.
4. Focuses on the Breath
Focusing on the breath causes a physiological response in the brain that results in a calmer and clearer mind. Adding focused, intentional breathing to your training can make you a more focused and more powerful athlete.
5. Improves Balance
Yoga improves balance through standing postures. Poses, like tree pose, challenge you to stand on one leg without toppling over. Yoga also improves balance through non-standing postures by strengthening muscular imbalances throughout your body.
10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Downtown Las Vegas offers a yoga program that complements your martial arts training. To learn more or to get started with martial arts, yoga, or both, contact us today.